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Russia “is asking China for HELP in invading Ukraine,” US officials say, amid fears the conflict will spiral into World War III

RUSSIA has reportedly asked China for HELP after it invaded Ukraine last month – raising fears of a third world war.

Wladimir PutinChinese President Xi Jinping’s side are believed to have asked for both military equipment and support following his February 24 invasion.

Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping

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Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi JinpingCredit: AP

Several US officials have since said Beijing could undermine Western efforts to help Ukraine New York Times reports.

And US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who is due to meet with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Monday, said Washington believes China knew Russia was planning to invade Ukraine before it did so.

He also warned that Beijing would “absolutely” face consequences if it offered support to Russia.

Mr Sullivan told CNN: “We are communicating directly and privately with Beijing that there will absolutely be consequences for any large-scale efforts to circumvent sanctions or support Russia to complement them.”

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“We will not allow this to proceed and allow Russia to receive a lifeline from these economic sanctions from any country, anywhere in the world.”

NATO has so far stayed out of the conflict, fearing it could risk a major escalation into a global struggle afterwards Joe Biden warned of ‘World War III’ – adding that a direct conflict between Russia and NATO would be catastrophic.

But senior Moscow diplomat Sergei Ryabkov has already warned Russia could target Western shipments of military equipment to Ukraine.

And the US has threatened Russia with NATO “full force” if attacks on Ukraine go beyond the country’s borders, reports The Telegraph.

Mr Sullivan said: “If there is a military attack on NATO territory, this would … deploy the full force of the NATO alliance to respond.”


It comes as…


This morning, a At least 35 people died in a Russian airstrike just 12 miles from the Polish border – Blow up a base where foreign instructors were helping Ukrainians.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove described the attack on the base in Yavoriv, ​​dubbed the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, as a “significant” development in the war.

He warned Putin against “crossing the line” and accused the bellicose leader of having “no moral boundaries.”

It comes after American journalist Brent Renaud was reportedly shot dead fleeing Russian soldiers who opened fire on him after he stumbled across their checkpoint in Ukraine.

Mr. Sullivan told CBS News his administration is trying to determine exactly how the journalist died before “reaching appropriate consequences.”

He said the Russians’ “brazen aggression” was exemplified by troops targeting civilians, hospitals and places of worship, “and they’re targeting journalists.”

Meanwhile, Wang Huiyao, head of a Beijing think tank and adviser to the Chinese government, warned of “a spiral of escalation.”

Huiyao wrote in the New York Times on Sunday that China is “uniquely positioned to act as a neutral mediator between a Western-backed Ukraine and Russia” to end the war.

They added: “As uncomfortable as some in the West may find the idea, it is time, with China’s help, to offer the Russian leader an exit.”

China has so far insisted it seeks a peaceful settlement to the war.

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When asked about Russia’s request for military aid, Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said: “I’ve never heard of that.

“We support and encourage all efforts that are conducive to a peaceful resolution of the crisis.”

Barracks in Yavoriv are on fire after being hit by a Russian missile attack in the early hours of Sunday

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Barracks in Yavoriv are on fire after being hit by a Russian missile attack in the early hours of Sunday
Ukrainian soldiers evacuate an elderly woman on a stretcher from the city of Irpin

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Ukrainian soldiers evacuate an elderly woman on a stretcher from the city of IrpinPhoto credit: AFP
A Ukrainian woman reacts March 13 in front of a house damaged in an airstrike in the town of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv

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A Ukrainian woman reacts March 13 in front of a house damaged in an airstrike in the town of Irpin, northwest of KyivPhoto credit: AFP
American filmmaker and journalist Brent Renaud was fatally shot when Russian troops opened fire on a car near the Romanivsky Bridge in Irpin, Ukraine

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American filmmaker and journalist Brent Renaud was fatally shot when Russian troops opened fire on a car near the Romanivsky Bridge in Irpin, UkrainePhoto credit: Rex

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Bobby Allyn

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